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The Color Purple Reviews

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 19, 2011
...we can forgive Spielberg his indulgences when the outcome is so profoundly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Inspiring, sentimental tale of survival.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
July 5, 2009
Spielberg may not have been the best choice to direct this feminist text, making a clean, neat movie that lacks authenticity, but the movie has many touching moments and the entire female ensemble is good, particularly Whoopi Goldberg in the second half
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
July 14, 2005
Overrated, but still a good film.
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
May 28, 2005
Brilliant, disturbing storytelling by Spielberg with standout performances.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 23, 2003
A far better film than is usually thought.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
February 23, 2003
Spielberg's first big drama is often hokey in places but ultimately succeeds.
| Original Score: 3/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
February 16, 2003
Spielberg's classicism comes to be appreciated in a goosebumps-inducing send-off for Mister.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
January 23, 2003
It is unquestionably overwrought, but it is a truly lovely film with a lot of emotion in it. The meaning of all that emotion is unfortunately still up for grabs.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
"a should-have-been masterpiece that admittedly has its moments"
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Spielberg adapts Alice Walker's novel with respect and (heretofore unseen) mature artistry.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is a great, warm, hard, unforgiving, triumphant movie, and there is not a scene that does not shine with the love of the people who made it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Unashamedly emotional, it either totally grabs you or leaves you cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 19, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
April 4, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 5, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 23, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 21, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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